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Mayor lifts vax mandate for city workers

Fired employees won't be rehired but can reapply for jobs

Posted 2/10/23

The city will lift its Covid vaccine mandate for municipal employees, but workers who lost their jobs for refusing to get the shot will not be reinstated, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday.

City workers, as well prospective city employees, will no longer be required to get vaccinated starting Friday. More than 331,000 city employees — or 96 percent of the municipal workforce — received the Covid vaccine, according to City Hall. Adams cited the high vaccination rate among city workers as a reason for the policy change.

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